Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Honorvol (honor volunteers),

Thanks for coming out to our first official call out meeting. We covered all the basics and look forward to seeing you at our next meeting. All meetings will be Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM (October date TBA)!

Here are the links we covered.

Hutton Honors College Community Service Program:

Alternative Spring Break:

Bloomington Volunteer Network:


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Interested in a career in community organizing?

Careers in Community Organizing for Social Justice Available to IU graduating students and alums!

The Direct Action & Research Training (DART) Center will be on the IU campus on Mon., April 12 @ 7PM in the Career Development Center, 625 N. Jordan Ave to discuss careers in the field of community organizing, and to schedule interviews with students interested in empowering their communities and working for social change.

Please RSVP if you are interested by contacting Sunil Joy at or calling 785.841.2680 with your name, phone #, email address and school.

8th Annual Homeward Bound 5k Walk... Sunday, April 18th!!

"The City of Bloomington's Community and Family Resources Department (CFRD) will host walk a day, change a life, the 8th Annual Homeward Bound 5K Walk, on Sunday, Apr. 18, at Third Street Park between Lincoln and Washington Streets downtown.

The yearly event, which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., raises money to provide housing and address hunger and homelessness in the Bloomington area. In addition to the walk, there will be activities for children at Kid's Island and live music from local musical acts. Interested parties will have numerous chances for participation, from walking and fundraising to sponsorship and donation opportunities for both individuals and corporations. Volunteers also are needed for the day of the event to direct walkers and distribute materials.

For more information, please contact:
Kathy Mayer, Community and Family Resources, City of Bloomington, 349-3430
Jared Schlemmer, Assistant Deputy Mayor, City of Bloomington, 349-3406,

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Don’t worry; there is still time to volunteer!

The Community Service Program is looking for 5 volunteers to come get domestic violence training. This will also carry on into the 2010-2011 school year and will be a great opportunity to create a long term service relationship with the community. *Transportation provided upon request!

What:The Middle Way House invites all prospective volunteers to receive Domestic Violence Training

When: Saturday April 10th, 2010 9:00-5:00PM

Where: First United Methodist Church
Room 218-219 East 4th Street (4th and Washington Streets; across from the downtown post office Bloomington)

Middle Way House is seeking to train new volunteers to help maintain the level of service that they provide to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Both women and men are strongly encouraged to attend the training event. This training is a prerequisite for those interested in volunteering with the agency. For more information about this agency please visit

If interested please respond back to

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Are you passionate about community service, leadership, and advocacy? Do you want a job that makes a difference?

Apply to be an ACE! The Advocates for Community Engagement (ACEs) are IU undergraduates who serve as liaisons between service-learning classes and local non-profits. Through the support of paid undergraduate assistantships with the Office of Service-Learning, each ACE serves with a specific agency for at least one year during the Fall and Spring semesters. The ACE program also provides leadership development and a campus community of peers for students of diverse backgrounds who have a common commitment to service.

The Office of Service-Learning is currently seeking applicants for positions to begin in Fall 2010, pending available funding. To learn more or to apply on-line, visit Deadline for applications: Tuesday, March 23rd at 5pm.

Volunteer at Monroe County Public Library!!

The library is looking for enthusiastic individuals to volunteer weekly in the Learn and Play Space (formerly, the Preschool Exploration Center) in the Children’s Services Department. The LAP Space is open to children from birth to age 7 with an adult caregiver. Volunteers will facilitate the "Learning through Play" program which promotes language acquisition and early literacy skills through entertaining activities and learning centers including a writing center, kitchen area, store area, block play, letter wall, infant area, and a puppet theater. Volunteers must be 19 or older, like to be around young children, tolerant of some mess and noise, and able to communicate with young children and their parents. A one hour orientation is required prior to volunteering.

For more info: Contact Kaitlin,

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

*** Learn Therapeutic Horseback Riding

People & Animal Learning Services (PALS) is offering a new volunteer training on Saturday March 6th from 1-4pm for anyone interested in becoming involved in PALS or therapeutic riding. Volunteers help children/adults with disabilities learn how to ride horses. Responsibilities include leading horses & side-walking riders during riding lessons. Volunteers also help groom, saddle, train, care for horses and help with barn chores. No horse experience necessary! A commitment of 3-4 hours per week is requested. Contact Fern Bonchek: 812-336-2798, to RSVP for the training and to request a volunteer packet. View for more information

Do you have a busy schedule but still want to serve the community??!!

Mentoring and Tutoring Opportunities!! Create your own hours around your busy schedule.

We currently need 25 men to be mentors to the children in our program. We currently have a wait-list of women waiting to be paired with girls, but will probably need more female mentors starting in April. We pair IU students with a child of the same gender for a year commitment as a mentor. The mentor must spend an average of 3 hours a week with the child, not counting winter, summer, or spring breaks. Some of our boys have been waiting close to a year to get mentors, because we have not had that many male applicants. We have a large number of female children who have recently moved and also need mentors. Mentoring is one of the easiest ways to make a difference in a child’s life. Just by hanging around them and incorporating them into your life, you can make a major difference in their lives. Please contact Monte Simonton at for more information.

We tutor children between the ages of 4-18 with their homework. We do tutoring Mon-Thurs from 5:30-7 p.m. and Friday from 4:20-5:30. We need help with tutoring children in all grades. We could also use help in developing assignments for children to do when they do not have homework that would increase their literacy and math levels. We are tutoring about 30 children a day and need more volunteers. Please contact Monte Simonton at for more information.

Spend Spring Break Making a Difference!!

L100: *** We still have 5 spots left.

Every year Middle Way House The Rise collaborates with a service learning course (CLLC-L100, 11084 Spring Break for Kids) to provide the children with a Spring Break Camp. The class is an alternative to spring break and meets March 3rd, March 10th, and March 24th from 6:00-8:30 p.m. and includes meeting the week of Spring Break from 8:30 a.m. -5 p.m. The first two classes the students will get a foundation on the effects of domestic violence on children. They will learn about Middle Way House and about what we will doing with the children over spring break. During spring break we will spend Mon-Fri 9-5 with between 45-60 children all from domestic violence, homeless, and poverty situtaions. We will go to the Children’s Museum in Indianapolis, the Exotic Feline Rescue Center,The Indianapolis Zoo, and Wonder Lab. We will go to a Chemistry Magic show, go swimming, and have live animals brought in by the Humane Society for some educational programs and two animal rescue programs. It is a really fun week that allows students to make a difference in a child’s life over Spring Break. **** We still need to raise another $1000 to do all of the weeks activities. If you or a student group would like to help raise it please contact Monte Simonton at for more information or

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Want to Be on a Monthly TV Program & Learn for FREE?!!

Are you interested in helping to produce a monthly, 30 minute television program on Community Access Television Services (CATS) which will focus on diversity-related issues? CATS is a program of the Monroe County Public Library and the Cats Diversity Project Steering Committee is looking for you! You can be trained to use the video equipment, contribute topics or appear on-air in various capacities.

Adult volunteers and youth age 12 and older are needed now!


Thursday, January 28, 2010


If interested please e-mail

Children's Expo - Feb. 12, 13
Volunteer for the Children's Expo and Health Fair, themed "Healthy Hearts and Valentines". Volunteers assist in a variety of ways, making the event run smoothly. The Expo features free health screenings for sweethearts ages 5 years and under, which ensure that children are ready to begin school with no barriers to learning. Screenings in speech, dental, hearing, vision, development, lead and scoliosis are offered by qualified professionals. Visitors explore interactive booths, listen to live entertainment, and peruse exhibitor booths. Minimum age is 18.

URGENT NEED - More Volleyball Coaches Needed!
Help! The Girls Inc. volleyball season is about to begin and they have four unexpected vacancies. If you have considered coaching or are intrigued by the opportunity . . . this is your chance to coach! Coaches should have interest and some experience with volleyball, and a passion for empowering girls and creating fun, meaningful experiences! Coaches commit to volunteer two evenings/week, Monday through Thursday. Minimum age is 18.

Board Members - Theatre of The People (TOP)
Bloomington's newest non-profit community theatre is seeking volunteers to join their Board of Directors. Interested community members will contribute to TOP's short and long-term development as well as ensuring successful social service programming in the area of inclusive arts and education. Skills in business/non-profit management, arts administration, finance, law, marketing, public relations, fundraising/grant writing, counseling, or special event promotion are preferred, although no experience is necessary. Board members commit to a two to three year term. Interested persons are asked to complete an application, then to meet with the Co-Artistic Directors and Board President.

Organize Spring Luncheon
The "Spring Into Action!" luncheon and silent auction is Monroe County United Ministries largest special event fundraiser. They need enthusiastic volunteers to serve on the organizing committee. The luncheon will be held on Sunday, April 25th, with proceeds supporting their affordable childcare and basic needs assistance services. Committee members meet monthly and work independently, planning event logistics, soliciting silent auction items, selling tickets and promoting the event. Minimum age is 18.